Jim Newberry, VP & General Counsel, former Lexington mayor, joining Steptoe & Johnson



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Jim Newberry, Vice President & General Counsel at Georgetown College and former mayor of Lexington, will be joining Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Lexington office in February 2014.

Mr. Newberry is a 1978 political science graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1981, Mr. Newberry received his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Mr. Newberry will be working to expand Steptoe & Johnson’s existing higher education practice. He will also practice under several areas within the firm’s business department, and assist clients in addressing regulatory challenges as part of its government relations team.

While at Georgetown College, Mr. Newberry was responsible for overseeing all of the college’s legal matters and served as a member of the college’s Executive Cabinet. Since late 2012, Mr. Newberry also served as Georgetown’s chief development officer during the transition of the presidency from Dr. Bill Crouch to Dr. Dwaine Greene. During that time of change, Mr. Newberry led the Development Office in achieving a 39% increase in unrestricted, cash basis giving during calendar year 2013 over calendar year 2012.

“I have enjoyed my time at Georgetown College, a place that provides a superb academic experience and a Christian learning environment for its students,” said Mr. Newberry.  “I am particularly grateful for the chance to work with many wonderful alumni and friends of the college over the last several months.”

Mr. Newberry added, “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues at Steptoe & Johnson to help our clients achieve their goals, especially institutions of higher education as they address the many challenges currently confronting America’s colleges and universities.”

Commenting on Mr. Newberry’s departure, Georgetown College President Dwaine Greene said, “I am pleased to express appreciation to Jim Newberry for his distinguished service to Georgetown College. He has served with a high level of competence and professionalism, wrapped in the fabric of a Christian gentleman. As he steps away now to other pursuits, he does so with our respect and appreciation. We wish him the very best!”

Steptoe & Johnson Chief Executive Officer Susan Brewer said, “Jim’s experience in higher education and government makes him a perfect fit as we work to add depth to our Kentucky practice areas.” She continued, “We are thrilled to have Jim on board and we look forward to the possibilities his talent brings to the firm.”

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About Georgetown College
Georgetown College, chartered in 1829, is a small, residential, co-educational liberal arts college distinguished by a combination of respected, rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs, an array of opportunities for involvement and leadership, a commitment to Christian values and its distinctive Baptist heritage. This provides an environment for intellectual, spiritual and social growth.

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